The New York Giants have spent the offseason shocking the football world, first by trading away one of their best players and then by finally drafting a young quarterback to eventually replace Eli Manning.
The Giants have not convinced many football fans that they are now heading in the right direction, and that’s despite having last year’s offensive rookie of the year Saquon Barkley to build the team around.
Here we take a look at some of the Giants’ offseason moves, including their ten draft picks and six of their free-agent gains and losses, and finally, we list the odds and predictions of how New York’s NFC franchise will do in 2019.
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The 2019 New York Giants are:
- Owners: John Mara and Steve Tisch
- General Manager: David Gettleman (Hired December 2017)
- Head Coach: Pat Shurmur (Hired January 2018)
- Offensive Coordinator: Mike Sullivan (Promoted January 2016)
- Defensive Coordinator: James Bettcher (Hired January 2018)
- Quarterback: Eli Manning (16th season, all with the Giants)
- Offensive Stars: Running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Sterling Shepard
- Defensive Stars: Linebacker Alec Ogletree and rookie nose tackle Dexter Lawrence
How did the Giants do in 2018?
For the second season in a row, the New York Giants started out 1-7, ended up in the last place in the NFC East and missed the playoffs, though the team did improve on their win total by two games by finishing the season with a record of 5-11.
Also just like last year, questions circulated regarding the effectiveness of veteran quarterback and 2x Super Bowl winner and MVP Eli Manning, despite his throwing for 4,299 yards and 21 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
The Giants lost eight of their games by seven points or fewer, the blown fourth-quarter leads coming despite offensive rookie of the year running back Saquon Barkley’s outstanding first year with 352 touches for 2,028 yards from scrimmage and 15 total touchdowns.
Is Eli Manning finished in the NFL?
Not if he figures out how to win games in the fourth quarter.
Last season, in many ways Manning was excellent, he:
- Completed passes for the fourth most yards (4,299) of his entire career
- Had his best completion percentage ever (66.0)
- Threw the least amount of interceptions (11) he’s thrown since 2008
- Ended up with a quarterback rating of 92.4
But despite that, for some reason, Eli couldn’t get the W’s at the end of the close ones and whispers that he’d lost his magic started circulating.
Manning will have to prove them all wrong early this season or face being benched for Daniel Jones, the young first-round draft pick (6th selection overall) from Duke who will be waiting on the sidelines, rapidly learning offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan’s playbook.
Why did New York trade away Odell Beckham Jr.?
That’s what everyone still wants to know – why on earth would general manager David Gettleman trade away Odell Beckham Jr., arguably one of the top three wide receivers in the league today?
Especially after giving OBJ a five-year contract extension in August of 2018 worth $95 million.
Regardless of Odell’s tendency to act-out mid-game and on social media, his talent level is considered once-in-a-lifetime, the kind you keep on your team until just before the Hall of Fame comes knocking.
The Giants are rebuilding around Barkley, so getting rid of OBJ and his high price tag makes some financial sense, but depending on how he does with the Browns and how the Giants do without him, it could be a tough season for Giants fans having to watch their Odell catch balls one-handed for someone else.
Biggest strategy shift Giants will make for 2019?
Last offseason when the entire football world figured the Giants would make their move for a young quarterback to replace Manning, Gettleman instead took arguably the best player in the draft, Saquon Barkley, and that turned out pretty good so far.
This offseason, though, Gettleman finally pulled the trigger and used the sixth pick overall to select Jones, the young quarterback he and head coach Pat Shurmur had been eying the entire time.
Whether or not they over-drafted Jones (as some experts suspect), time will tell, but the feeling is he plays a lot like Manning, which should make the eventual transition go more smoothly, especially if it happens later rather than sooner in 2019.
What major players have the Giants lost so far this offseason?
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who, with the Cleveland Browns, will continue to collect on his $90 million, five-year deal, with $65 million of that guaranteed.
Safety Landon Collins, who signed a six-year deal with the Washington Redskins worth $84 million, with $44.5 million of that guaranteed.
Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon, who, with the Cleveland Browns, will continue to collect on his five-year, $85 million contract, with $52.5 million guaranteed.
What have been the Giants’ key free agent pick-ups this offseason?
Wide receiver Golden Tate, who agreed to a four-year, $37.5 million contract, with $22.95 million of that guaranteed.
Safety Jabrill Peppers, who will continue to collect on the four-year, $10.34 million contract he signed with the Cleveland Browns, with $8 million of that guaranteed.
Guard Kevin Zeitler, who signed a three-year, $32 million contract with $10 million of that guaranteed.
What were New York’s Biggest offseason needs?
Offense: Right tackle, tight end, center, quarterback
Defense: Inside and outside linebacker, cornerback
What draft picks did the Giants have in 2019?
The Giants ended up with 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and they were:
- Round 1: Daniel Jones, quarterback, Duke (6th pick overall)
- Round 1: Dexter Lawrence, defensive tackle, Clemson (17th)
- Round 1: Deandre Baker, cornerback, Georgia (30th)
- Round 3: Oshane Ximines, defensive end, Old Dominion (95th)
- Round 4: Julian Love, cornerback, Notre Dame, (108th)
- Round 5: Ryan Connelly, inside linebacker, Wisconsin, (143rd)
- Round 5: Darius Slayton, wider receiver, Auburn (171st)
- Round 6: Corey Ballentine, cornerback, Washburn (180th)
- Round 7: George Asafo-Adjei, offensive tackle, Kentucky (232nd)
- Round 7: Chris Slayton, defensive line, Syracuse (245th)
How have the Giants done in the last ten postseasons?
Over the last decade, the New York Giants have been to the playoffs twice, including a Wild Card Loss in 2016 and a Super Bowl XLVI win in 2011, when they defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 and took home the franchise’s fourth Lombardi Trophy.
The other three rings came in 2017 (Super Bowl XLII), in 1990 (Super Bowl XXV) and in 1986 (Super Bowl XXI).
The New York Giants were in one other Big Game – Super Bowl XXXV in 2000, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7.
How are the Giants predicted to do during the 2019-20 season?
The oddsmakers are expecting the New York Giants to have another difficult season, giving twenty-one other teams the same or better odds than them to win the Super Bowl.
Eleven of the sixteen other NFC franchises have better odds of winning the NFC Championship in 2019, and once again, the Giants are predicted to end up last in the NFC East.
But who knows, maybe now that the ‘poison’ of OBJ is gone and the ‘fire’ of Jones is hot under Manning’s center, the team could begin to find fourth-quarter wins instead of one-score losses and surprise everyone with one final run for the ring.
What are the current postseason odds and predictions for the 2019 New York Giants?
Does Manning still have it under center, or will he finally have to admit that he can’t lead in the NFL anymore?
Will the team thrive without OBJ or will the loss of his numbers and clutch receptions pull the team down further?
Is Barkley capable of following up his rookie season with another impressive showing, or will defenses figure him out over the offseason and put a stop to him?
Can the Giants begin to win those one-score games in the fourth quarter instead of letting them slip away more often than not as they did in 2018 (and 2015, for that matter)?
This could be a make or break season for Shurmur and certainly Gettleman, since neither has proven yet that they have the answer to what’s been ailing the New York Giants these days.
Here are the current odds listed for the Giants’ postseason in 2019-20:
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